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Tinder Is Reportedly Set To Introduce ‘Women Talk First’ Option

Tinder Is Reportedly Set To Introduce ‘Women Talk First’ Option

Whether you use Tinder, Happen, Huggle, Bumble, Hinge, Once or whatever dating app works for you, it can be a fun, easy way to meet The One.

Sure, you might have to wade through a shitload of duds before you find your perfect match, but there's no denying they have revolutionised the dating game.

Tinder is widely considered one of the better apps, but Bumble rocketed up the charts because it was considered that there were 'better' matches available.

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But Bumble had one feature that virtually no other possessed: women had to make the first move. Until now.

Tinder is reportedly looking at installing the feature, which would be an opt-in service for the females, meaning they'll get the choice whether they want all the power to initiate conversations.

Match Group Inc, which owns Tinder, Match, PlentyOfFish, OkCupid and a bunch of other sites or apps, explained the decision.

Chief executive Mandy Ginsberg told MarketWatch: "Often, women don't really want the pressure of kicking off the conversation, but if they want it, that's great.

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"Giving people the choice versus telling people how to engage is the big difference."

The news hasn't exactly gone down well with some blokes.

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Ms Ginsberg adds: "We have to constantly listen to what women want and address their needs, not just on Tinder but on all products."

Bumble advertises itself as proudly feminist for giving women all the power in whether she wants to chat to a guy.

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Whitney Wolfe, who co-founded Tinder but now heads up Bumble, told Vanity Fair: "If you look at where we are in the current heteronormative rules surrounding dating, the unwritten rule puts the woman a peg under the man-the man feels the pressure to go first in a conversation, and the woman feels pressure to sit on her hands.

"If we can take some of the pressure off the man and put some of that encouragement in the woman's lap, I think we are taking a step in the right direction, especially in terms of really being true to feminism.

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"I think we are the first feminist, or first attempt at a feminist dating app."

It'll be interesting to see how many women opt-in for the new Tinder service and whether it causes blokes to migrate to another app as a result.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Relationships, Tinder, Technology, Community, Feminism

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